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One of our enduringly popular speakers on both theatre and festival circuits is former Liberal Democrats leader Paddy Ashdown, a one-time member of the elite Special Boat Service who is both a top politician and best selling author.
After service as a Royal Marine and as an intelligence officer for the UK security services, Paddy Ashdown was a Member of Parliament for Yeovil from 1983 to 2001, and leader of the Liberal Democrats from 1988 until 1999. Later he was the international High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2002 to 2006. He now sits in the House of Lords.
His latest book is a riveting three way spy story set in occupied France. The Game of Spies tells the story of a lethal spy triangle that existed between 1942 and 1944 in Bordeaux and of France's greatest betrayal by aristocratic and right-wing Resistance leader Andre Grandclement.